LTE up­grades com­ing to Moose Jaw

Six other cities will also see work done

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - BUSINESS - MICHAEL JOEL-HANSEN

done, which are ex­pected to be com­pleted by Oc­to­ber 2. SaskTel ex­pects to have the rest of the up­grades fin­ished by March of next year.

Michelle En­glot, the di­rec­tor of ex­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tions for SaskTel, said the Crown-owned cor­po­ra­tion plans to add LTE car­ri­ers to all of tow­ers that serve the cities. This will mean changes for cus­tomers in the se­lect areas, who will see their net­works LTE ca­pac­ity grow from 20 to 100 per cent.

“Con­sumers will see faster she said.

En­glot em­pha­sized that wire­less net­work ca­pac­ity needs to be ex­panded speeds,” be­cause the de­mand con­tin­ues to grow.

This de­mand she said is pri­mar­ily driven by the growth of smart­phones, where peo­ple use wire­less data to down­load apps and stream con­tent. As the net­work is ex­panded, users will have more data avail­able to them.

Cus­tomers will not see any ma­jor in­crease in their bills as the money to pay for these up­grades is com­ing out of the com­pany’s cap­i­tal in­vest­ment fund. The com­pany is also look­ing to ex­pand its over­all in­ter­net ca­pac­ity by adding fu­sion tow­ers, which will give the non­wire­less net­work more ca­pac­ity. for wire­less data

Ac­cord­ing to En­glot, these up­grades are part of the com­pany’s over­all strat­egy to ex­pand its wire­less and LTE foot­print. She said SaskTel’s foot­print now cov­ers ap­prox­i­mately 99 per cent of Saskatchewan in­clud­ing much of the north.

“There are a few north­ern re­mote com­mu­ni­ties, small lit­tle pock­ets of the pop­u­la­tion (that are not cov­ered),” she said.

David Free­land, who is with The Mo­bile Shop in Moose Jaw, was not able to talk about the up­grades to SaskTel’s net­work specif­i­cally. But he said that up­grades to a wire­less net­work should lead to bet­ter cover­age.

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